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I've read about when notifications are sent from comments, as stated in this question: When exactly do I get comment notifications?

However, sometimes I like to know when others upvote my comment. It tells me that others are thinking the same why I am, and while I don't think it's deserving of reputation, it gives me confidence that my post is being read and that others agree. In addition, I am more likely to follow up on a comment thread (that I am not being constantly tagged in) if my comments are upvoted, but sometimes it is easy to forget a comment you left on a post, and it is sometimes hard to go find it again (a meticulous process just to see if it has any upvotes).

I understand that notifications can sometimes be a logistical nightmare for systems like SE, but would it be feasible to get a notification when your comment is upvoted? If not, what would be the reasoning behind such a decision (not that I necessarily disagree with it, just wondering)?

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It'd be close to impossible to make it a good user experience - maximize signal to noise.

It's true that there are a handful of times when I'd want to know if a comment of mine were upvoted, but of the over 3,000 comments I've made across Stack Exchange, I really, really don't care when pretty much all of them are upvoted. So, maybe one percent of the time, it'd be giving me a relevant notification.

The predominant effect would be to cause most people to ignore their notifications.

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  • Would it be possible to have a notification for something like "Your comment on xyz has received 5 upvotes?" or something along those lines? – wcarhart Aug 16 '16 at 21:29
  • Rather than a notification for every upvote, do one for every 5 or 10 – wcarhart Aug 16 '16 at 21:29
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    @ThePickleTickler I wrote you a query that I think should speak for itself. Left column: the user ID. Right column: the number of notifications this system would have generated. – user206222 Aug 16 '16 at 21:41
  • You couldn't have convinced me more, thanks – wcarhart Aug 16 '16 at 21:43
  • No problem, glad to help! – user206222 Aug 16 '16 at 21:43

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